The relationship between people and their neighbourhoods has generated extensive research (Galster, 2001). However, little is understood about the ways in which employment and working life interacts with these components. The neighbourhood can play an important role in people’s personal and social identity and social position. (Kearns & Parkinson, 2001). This paper examines the role of home and community in shaping women’s working lives. This study will focus upon the ways in which local places, particular geographical communities, can act as both opportunities and constraints for women’s work attainment and progression. How might a sense of place and identification with local communities affect women’s job searches? How important are mobility factors in limiting areas of job search? This paper will present findings from a one-year interdisciplinary study of women’s employment and progression in the North East, funded by the European Social Fund. The research seeks to explore the relationship between working and domestic lives, working and home-based patterns as part of the wider debate on work-life balance. Case studies of three communities and a seven employers will explore the role of place and community as supports and barriers to employment and progression (Bridge, 2002; Jarvis, 1999; Russell, 1999; Weiler and Bernasek, 2001).